Mark Wadsworth

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Category Archives: Music

Trailing second to last in this week’s Fun Online Poll

P!nk – Jewish? Cute? Both? You decide:Nominated by John B, who once reckoned that in an ideal world, girls would be genetically engineered to look like Natalie Portman (who is not a pop star and hence excluded from the poll).


Currently in last place in this week’s Fun Online Poll

Justine Frischman:

Trailing badly in this week’s Fun Online Poll…

… Louise Wener:

Currently in third place in this week’s Fun Online Poll

Melanie Blatt:

Currently neck and neck on six votes each in this week’s Fun Online Poll

Susanna Hoffs:
Rachel Stevens:

A bit noisy, but gets the point across

This is pretty niche – you have to be not too old to remember Madonna from way back but not too young to have kids who listen to Lady Gaga – but being exactly the right age, this was the first thing I thought of when I heard “Born this way”:

Short Lists

The last short list was: “Countries which have never devalued their currency; ‘restructured’ or defaulted on their national debt; taken a bridging loan from the IMF; accepted soft loans/grants under Lend/Lease, Marshall Plan, or from World Bank or EU; received overseas aid; nationalised foreign-owned assets etc.”

The following countries appear to qualify:

Bhutan (submitted by Bayard)
Australia (Adam Collyer)
Sweden (Dearieme)
Canada (Ross)

Mike W and Steve_L, who’ve actually read a book about it, seemed to think that there is no such country.
This week’s Short List: “Female Jewish pop stars who are very cute”. I can only think of two (not Dana International or Amy Winehouse!), but there may be a few more.

Friday night gear change

I’ve gave up doing the weekly slot because I ran out of new material, so here’s one from the archives: “In your room” by The Bangles, fronted by the doe-eyed Susanna Hoffs, who is on the short list of “Jewish pop stars who are really cute” (hey – there’s an idea for a Short List. I haven’t done one of those for a couple of weeks either). Up a semi-tone at 1 minute 43 seconds.

Fun Online Polls: Police database and Cheryl Cole

On an OK turnout (thanks to everybody who took part) the results to last week’s Fun Online Poll are as follows:

Do you think you are on the UK police database?

Yes, as a victim of crime – 15%
Yes, as a criminal – 12%
Yes, both as criminal and as victim – 12%
I don’t think so – 49%
Other, please specify – 11%

So that’s only about half who reckon they won’t be on it, rather less than the official estimate that three-quarters of us won’t be on it, which gave rise to mucho shock-horror headlines just over a week ago.
Another shock-horror story which caught my eye was in the weekend’s red tops, see e.g. Daily Mirror: “Ashley Cole is to jet back to the UK for a reunion with ex-wife Cheryl so they can discuss their future together. The Chelsea star is due back from his US holiday next week and his number one priority is to meet Cheryl and try to convince her to take him back. And friends of the former X Factor judge say she is considering giving the serial love cheat another chance.”

So that’s this week’s Fun Online Poll: Should Cheryl Cole go back to her serial cheat love rat overpaid prima donna ex-husband?

Vote here. I based the spelling on back issues of VIZ and the online English to Geordie translator, don’t blame me if it’s not perfect.

The Ultimate Elvis Presley Tribute Act

From the NME:

A man has been found dead in a portable toilet in the VIP backstage area of Glastonbury festival this morning (June 26)…